POINT PLEASANT — After the onslaught of presidential debates and headlines from said candidates, the public is well aware that 2016 will be a pivotal election year nationally.
But several important county and local races will also be decided in the coming year.
When the May 10, 2016, primary rolls around, a few county offices will be up for grabs, including: County clerk, circuit court clerk, county commission (one seat with eligible candidates living in Districts one and four), prosecuting attorney, sheriff, assessor and magistrate (two seats).
The county commission seat up for grabs is the one currently occupied by Commissioner Miles Epling, who has said he will likely not seek re-election.
Also decided in May, two seats on the Mason County Board of Education with eligible candidates living in Districts 1, 3 and 4. Board members Tom Nunnery and Paul Sayre currently hold the seats which will be decided in May for terms which begin July 1, 2016.
For those living in the City of Point Pleasant, it will also be an interesting election year will the mayor, city clerk, two council-at-large seats and eight council seats all up for grabs. These will also be decided in May for four-year terms which begin July 1. The March caucus typically decides which candidates will be seeking what seats from their respective parties.
The Town of New Haven will also be conducting its own election with more on this in an upcoming edition.
In addition, surveyor and conservation district supervisor will be on the May ballot.
Those filing for county offices must do so with the Mason County Clerk’s Office with the filing period beginning Jan. 11, 2016, and ending Jan. 30, 2016.
The general election is just less than a year away on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.
More on state races in an upcoming edition.
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